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HELGI HÁLFDÁNARSON

Helgi Hálfdánarson was born in 1826. After graduating from the College in Reykjavik he studied Theology in the University of Copenhagen. He was ordained in 1854. In 1867 he became a professor on the staff of the Theological Seminary in Reykjavik. In 1885 he succeeded to the office of Principal, a post which he held till his death in 1894. A man of a sincere Christian character, a Lutheran of the old school, his influence lives on not least in the admirable translations of foreign hymns which he bequeathed as a legacy to the Icelandic Church.

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